Despite the treaty between the United Arab Emirates and Israel coming through last year, relations were already established within the country via the fusion cuisine of Elli Kriel. A trained sociologist, she has lived in the country since 2013 and first served kosher food to tourists from her home kitchen. She has since wowed a steady stream of Israelis since the landscape of tourism changed with the accords. Her restaurant Kosherati specializes in kosher Emirati dishes and those which combine the best of the UAE’s flavors with Jewish flair. She has come a long way from the small dinner parties she used to throw for the country’s Jews and with pop-up restaurants and more now in her repertoire, she only sees growth for her future endeavors. Read more here.